The Globe -- Bethlehem
December 10, 1924
Steel Soccer Eleven Can Not Afford To Drop Many More Games
Steel Soccerites In Order to Be In Running For League Honors Dare Not

If Bethlehem Steel F. C. is to remain as a contender for the American Soccer League pennant the clan can ill afford do drop many more games for the race has reached a stage where setbacks are hard to overcome. Facing such an aspect the Steel Workers in their next start will face on of the most threatening rivals in the circuit when the J & P Coats clan come down from Pawtucket, R. I., on Saturday afternoon and invade the Steel Field. The Steel Workers will have to be at their best and fight their hardest to retain third place in the club standing.

The Steel Makers are in undisputed possession of the third rung of the ladder but the thread makers are only two points behind. A victory, therefore, would create a tie between the two teams. This will be the first visit of Coats to Bethlehem but it will not be the first meeting between the two teams. Less than a month ago they clashed at Pawtucket and the Rhode Island dribblers romped away with a 4 to 3 victory to the utter amazement of the Pennsylvanians. Both have been playing consistent ball since that time.

On form Bethlehem outclasses Coats, but then form means little in the hectic campaigning in the American Soccer League this year. The topnothcers have met their most disastrous results at the hands of the supposedly weaker teams leading critics to believe that the standing of the clubs in the lower half is by no means due to the lack of merit but attributed to bad breaks in the early part of the season.

On all around form the Coats eleven will come to Bethlehem with a team unquestionably stronger than the Giants, of last Saturday, and yet the Giants succeeded in taking two points at the expense of the Steel Workers.

While Bethlehem will have its Archie Stark, the greatest goal scorer in the circuit to rely upon to bring home the bacon, Coats will be very near equally as strongly fortified with the goal scorer in R. Drummond. The latter with a total of fifteen goals for this season has counted thirteen less than the accurate shooting Stark but has come through with his counters at the most opportune times. Stark was a bit off form against the Giants but such a reverse is to be expected after weeks of consistent shooting and with the Bethlehem center back in form the Steel Workers should be the favorites.

Bethlehem Steel Soccer Club